Centaurea Montana / Cornflower
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Centaurea Montana / Cornflower


    Centaurea montana, commonly known as Mountain Bluet or perennial cornflower, is a herbaceous perennial plant that produces striking, blue-violet flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer. This plant is native to Europe and Asia, but is widely cultivated in gardens throughout the world.

    The plant forms a clump of foliage that reaches up to 45 cm in height and 60 cm in width. The leaves are lance-shaped, grayish-green in color, and have a slightly hairy texture. The flowers are produced on tall stems that rise above the foliage, and they can grow up to 6 cm in diameter. They have a distinctive pincushion-like shape and are surrounded by a ring of spiky, bristly petals in shades of blue-violet, pink, and white.

    Centaurea montana prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is relatively low-maintenance and can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. Once established, it is also drought-tolerant. It is a great plant for attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden.

    This plant is an excellent addition to mixed borders, rock gardens, and cottage gardens. It pairs well with other sun-loving perennials such as salvia, echinacea, and agastache, creating a harmonious and inviting garden display. It also makes for an excellent cut flower, with its vibrant blue-violet flowers providing a beautiful accent in floral arrangements.

    In summary, Centaurea montana is a striking, blue-violet flowered herbaceous perennial that is easy to grow and relatively low-maintenance. Its versatility and beauty make it an ideal addition to any garden, adding a touch of color and interest to the landscape.

    Height 60cm
    Width 60cm
    Bloom Time May-Aug
    Zone 3